Paw Prints 🐾 December 2020

The Newsletter of Auburn Early Education Center

Principal's Message

November marked another month that came and went with little fanfare in regard to Covid-19 in the school. However, we have seen an increase in quarantines due to family member exposure. We will continue to work with families in these events to help keep students supported academically. We appreciate all of your continued efforts and supports in keeping our students happy and healthy.

While we are unable to hold our traditional holiday performances for families, we are putting together a holiday video to share! We are excited to spread this holiday cheer to families on Thursday, December 17. Stay tuned!

Inclusive Schools Week: The week of Dec. 7-11 is designated as Inclusive Schools Week. We at AEEC are very proud of our tradition and best practices around inclusion. We believe all students belong and can learn no matter the ability. AEEC has systems, processes, and support to ensure all learners are successful in the general education room. We recognize the value that every student brings to the classroom each day!

Vision Screening for Kindergarten: Tuesday, December 8th, is our Kindergarten Vision Screening. Parents should have received more information in the blue weekly folders regarding the screenings. Please be sure to review and send back prior to Tuesday. Second grade students will be screened January 19, 2021.

Family Celebrations: We would love to learn how your family celebrates special events, especially around the holidays. What makes your family special and unique? Do you have a tradition from your country you celebrate? Please check your teacher's message in your SeeSaw account for more info! We would love for you to share with our school!

Book Bingo: This Friday, Dec. 4th, marks the due date to turn in Book Bingo sheets. Students that turn in sheets will receive a recognition at the December pep rally! Way to keep growing that love of reading!

Panda Express Spirit Night: Thursday, December 11th is our next PTO restaurant night. The hours are not just for dinner but include lunch as well, 11:00 am-9:00 pm! If you haven't checked out this new restaurant at Tiger Town, now is your chance!

Thank you for your support and many wishes for a joyous December!

Matt Bruner, Principal

Curriculum News

This month’s curriculum corner will be a focus on Reading Rockets. This is a wonderful online resource for parents, teachers, and guardians. This website provides research-based insight in helping students become proficient and engaged readers that will continue on with them through life.

The first link I would like to share with you is “Reading Tips for Parents” and it is offered in various languages by grade level. These tips are just fun ways to help engage your child to fall in love with letters, sounds, words, and books! Please click on the link below and enjoy!

I sure hope you all have a wonderful holiday break spending time with family and friends!

Choose kindness anyways- Dr. Dorman

Title 1 News

December, oh what a wonderful time of the year to get into the spirit of reading! With so many holidays, December is a fantastic time for our children to enjoy reading and writing. Encourage your students to read at home using some winter themed readings. Encourage them to write their favorite part of the story or ask them how they would change the ending of the story. Remember, one of the best ways to give a gift is through spending time together reading books, so don’t forget to celebrate the holidays with reading!

Counselor News

During the month of December, we will be learning all about GENEROSITY, which is defined as making someone’s day by giving something away. We will be discussing the importance of generosity and discovering different ways that we can be generous to others, even without spending any money. It is my hope to help your child discover their generous spirit this holiday season.

In December we will also wrap up learning about Erin’s Law through our K-2 age appropriate curriculum “Safer, Smarter Kids”. For more information regarding this topic you can visit and

Nurse News

Getting the Flu vaccine this year is even more IMPORTANT because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccination is especially important in people who are high risk, as this group seem to be the highest risk from COVID-19. Public health officials are stressing the importance of getting a flu shot this fall and warn about possible complications of battling the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. You can safely get a flu vaccine at multiple locations including your doctor’s office, health departments, and pharmacies.

Help us continue to Stop the Spread of COVID 19 & the Flu. Please continue to wear your masks, don’t touch your face, wash your hands & stay 6 feet apart . We appreciate all you

Thank you!

Nurse Haley & Nurse Kim

Media Center News

Our first virtual book fair for the year was a success thanks to all of you who participated in the fair. We cannot thank you enough for supporting our book fair. During one of our media classes, students enjoyed a STEM challenge using paper columns and books. As Computer Science Week draws near, it’s an exciting time in the library as students are being introduced to coding technology. Remember to keep reading and marking off those AEEC Book Bingo squares. “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”

Music and Art News

A huge THANK YOU to families who ordered Square1Art! It has all been delivered now, and I hope you enjoy your beautiful keepsakes for years to come. Kindergarten has explored some new materials this month while creating fall tree collages with painted paper. First grade has been learning about Kente cloth from the country of Ghana, and we’ve used that as inspiration for our own paper weavings. Pattern has been a major focus for this project. Second graders are still working on their collaborative class hula hoop weavings. These are taking a while, but they are SO COOL; the kids are very excited to finish them and show them off! Second graders have also drawn a colorful pop art landscape this month complete with many shapes and patterns. ~Mrs. Basgier

This month in Music, we took a virtual field trip to a bass violin factory to see how string instruments are made, put together, and played. We have also loved learning about and listening to famous cellist Yo Yo Ma. 1st and 2nd grade students are reading rhythms using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests. Each grade level is getting excited to perform and record the songs we have been working on for our virtual Holiday Program next month! ~Mrs. Schiller

PTO News

Click on the MySchoolBucks link to purchase your AEEC PTO membership for the 20-21 school year.

Panda Express Spirit Night is Thursday, December 10 from 11am-9pm. Go grab lunch or dinner and support our school. Be sure to tell them you're with AEEC!

Upcoming Dates for AEEC

December 10: Panda Express Spirit Night (Grab lunch or dinner from 11am-9pm and tell them you're with AEEC.)

December 17: Classroom Holiday Parties *More information to come.

December 18: 2nd Nine Weeks Ends/Pep Rally 8:00am

December 21-January 4: Winter Holidays

January 5: Students Return